Our Junior Infants are well settled into school life here in St Marys. They have been very busy beginning to learn all their new sounds & letters.
Through play and group work, they have developed their matching & sorting skills as well as their colouring & cutting abilities. Anyone walking on Mitchell Street may have enjoyed some beautiful singing coming from our rooms with numerous new songs being learned, some being accompanied by very enthusiastic actions!
Junior Infant Aistear
This week we started our very first Aistear, all about Autumn. We had great fun helping our Hedgehogs to get ready for hibernation, creating our own autumnal leaves, matching our autumn pictures in the sandpit and making our own animals that hibernate, out of play-dough. After talking about Autumn in our classrooms last week we really enjoyed seeing it come to life in our Aistear room. We’re already excited about our next Aistear.
The children love ‘ag caint as gaeilge’ and the progress they have made in just a month is remarkable. We were keen that they become familiar with all our school has to offer them so we went on a tour of our school grounds where they checked out the library, computer room, kitchen/lunch room and sports field to name but a few.
Last week they experienced their first ‘Phonics Friday’ where they had a great time practising their sounds at four different stations which included using the interactive whiteboard and playing some letter games. Their five week soccer skills course also started last week and they are thoroughly enjoying each session.
We have also started to build our history museum in our classrooms where they are displaying items they used as a baby. It’s great fun guessing who is in the baby pictures! Life is busy in Junior Infants but we are loving every second.
They are ‘One in a Minion!!!’
Last week we had our second round of Aistear and this time our theme was Halloween. We were busy trying on and buying our costumes in the Halloween Shop Roleplay Area, practising writing our letters with spooky eyes, building haunted houses for our Halloween characters and making friendly ghosts in our Junk Art Section. It was so much fun no one could choose a favourite station.